Pop is a broad genre of music which originally originated in the UK and the US in the early 1950s. It is a term that was created by chartered musicians who were seeking to put their songs on the pop charts. The terms pop music and popular music are often used interchangeable, but the former refers to music which is extremely popular and which has many contributors. In other words it is “the music of the people” (as the Beatles once sang). Popular music has always had the advantage of attracting an audience that would spend some time listening to it.
There are various styles of pop music, with artists like the Beach Boys, Aretha Franklin and many others having influenced artists today. Some artists who have influenced pop music include the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Monkees and others. Some artists that have made a significant contribution to the development of pop music include artists such as George Harrison, Johnny Cash, Elvis, along with many others.
There are also different versions of the pop song, with the basic melody consisting of four notes (the note A is the beat) and this basic melody is then augmented by guitar riffs and drum riffs. The 1980s is the decade when many popular songs were created and this is also the decade when many pop music performers emerged. Some of these performers became popular overnight, whilst others faded away gradually, sometimes only remaining in the public consciousness for a short time. Adele’s “Blue (Is The Warmest Color), Michael Jackson’s “Who is it?” and Britney Spears’ “Hit Me One More Time” are three examples of pop songs which were at one time top singles and which, though not particularly well received, have nonetheless achieved considerable popularity.
Much less popular than pop music artists, who have an impact on mainstream pop music, are rap artists. With the 80s rap boom, artists such as the Nelly Furtado and Big Daddy Kane brought hip hop to the forefront of music videos. Other rap artists of the decade, such as Ice Cube and Rakim, released singles which helped to revitalize what was previously considered a marginal genre. While the early years of the decade saw many artists, such as groups OJ Simpson and Boyz II Men, who made fun of existing artists, the later years saw more diversity and artists began to explore other areas. Some of these artists included people like Sufenadi and Khyma from Iran, and the pop-rock band Primal Future.
Gospel music has also had an impact on pop music. This is in fact a much more controversial area, as it has often been accused by other artists and by those within the Christian community of being inappropriate for mainstream acceptance. The reason for this is that gospel music, even with its traditionally conversational and spiritual lyrics, includes lyrics that can be offensive to some listeners. Some examples of this include songs such as “Don’t Fear the Reaper”, which is about a personification of the devil, and “I am a Rock”, which compares the devil to a rock star. Many churches, as well as non-religious organizations, have fought against gospel music, and some of the most well-known songs, such as one by The Beatles, ” Yesterday” features an overt sexual innuendo.
Other categories in pop music include minimalism, techno beats, alternative and folk, pop dance, and many others. Of all of these, techno beats are one of the most popular of all, due to the ease of use and download availability for this genre of music. The biggest group to come out of the 2000s, with an almost obsessive following, is Nine Inch Nails, who released numerous singles and albums during their popularity. As technology continues to make advancements and create new genres and subgenres, the list of music genres can never be long.